Prong, choke, shock. Boulder, Colorado dog trainer Mary Angilly does not believe these types of collars have any place in her chosen profession.
“A lot of people will say, ‘Oh, you don’t like a lot of that equipment, you’re a Boulder hippie who runs in a field of daisies,'” Angilly told The Daily Camera. “It’s not like that at all. My argument, and most trainers who are against the use of this equipment, is not that it doesn’t work. Punishment and using force and fear to train dogs can totally work. The main issue is the many potential fallouts.”
Among these “potential fallouts” are additional stress on the dog; suppressed or unusually high levels of aggression; and stunted emotional growth or complete emotional shut-down.
“I think in the last decade there’s been more evidence to suggest the unnecessary nature of intimidation force imposed upon our pet families. The election to do it in a more gentle, friendlier, more positive way — we believe in the long run that really fosters a more successful relationship between that pet and that parent,” said Bridget Chesne, director of animal behavior and sheltering at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.Angilly has her work cut out for her if she is to see a “no tolerance policy” on choke, prong and shock collars come to fruition in 2018. She’ll need thousands of petition signatures as well as the fortitude to battle for a cause that as of yet has not succeeded on American soil.
Where do you fall on the issue of prong, choke and shock collars? Do you support Angilly’s cause or feel that the decision is best left in the hands of each individual dog owner? Share your opinions in the comments!
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